Our Holiday to the Arctic Circle – By Jackie

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I have to be honest and say I was not looking forward to going up to the arctic circle in Sweden to the famous Ice Hotel. It was my husband John’s choice for his birthday treat. I was completely wrong. It was one of the most wonderful experiences – husky sledging, meeting the Reindeer and surprisingly even though in the day it was between minus 15 to minus 20 degrees, it didn’t feel too cold! They supply the very warm clothes and boots you wear which keep you very protected from the freezing temperatures. Here’s the factual bit: Where the ice hotel is located is above the arctic circle, nature is untouched next to the frozen Torne river which supplies the ice hotel with enough ice to build an entire hotel – every year! They harvest the ice in March and we watched as the metre thick ice blocks are lifted out of the crystal clear river and stored until next years hotel is built. (We decided to stay in a little wooden lodge which was very cosy and warm). What we found amazing is that the remarkable, intricate ice art and sculpturing melts in the summer months only for artists from all over the world to come and build it again in November! They even build a chapel from ice and John and I were lucky enough to witness a wedding ceremony there It truly was a winter wonderland and quite an adventure.